Patient Safety in Health IT

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Patient Safety in Health IT

Many health care providers and administrators rely on health information technology (health IT) every day to improve access to information. Health IT generally falls into the categories of administrative, communication, and process support. A well‐designed, fully implemented, and responsibly used health IT system can improve patient safety and reduce user administrative burden by better supporting clinical work flow and decision‐making.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) strives to strengthen patient safety efforts and reduce medical errors through the effective use of health IT. Using the content on this site, all interested stakeholders can learn more about health IT and patient safety, the SAFER (Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience) Guides, and evidence‐based practices for medication management.

Content last reviewed on April 11, 2017
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